The children and I were very lucky to spend a couple of nights here recently. Only opened in June, The Ham Yard Hotel appears to be the place to be seen with many events taking place here too. Part of the Firmdale Hotel chain it is in the heart of London right by Soho and just tucked behind Shaftsbury Avenue. You wouldn’t even know the Ham Yard Hotel was there unless you were looking for it but it has a fabulous courtyard with all the makings of perfect warm summer evenings supping a cocktail or two (if you can afford them).
Ham Yard Hotel is a fun, very trendy, quirky 5 star hotel with interiors designed by Kit Kemp. The four of us stayed in a luxury junior suite which was huge (45 sq m) containing a king size bed and a seating area and writing desk. The sofa converted to a bed and we had another single bed in the room. There was so much space we were not tripping over each other, always a bonus when travelling with children.
The bathroom was stunning, double basins, a huge bath and a separate shower. The bath even had a televison above it, of course I had to try that out all in the name of research. Yep, it is something I could get used to.
The hotel has a screening room and a bowling alley, unfortunately we didn’t get to try either of them out…the bowling alley looks amazing, such a great place to have a party, but at £20 each it isn’t cheap.
The restaurant was okay, not my best meal, it didn’t feel particularly child friendly and we all struggled with finding something that we fancied to eat. I had pork on a bed of polenta which to be fair was really good, however I wanted something simple and the menu had too much fish for my liking. I noticed the room service menu was exactly the same so I think I would get bored pretty quickly of the food if I was staying there for too long. Fortunately there is a vast choice of other places to eat nearby. We even had trouble getting some chips, I know, I know…but if you’re on a little fun break why not. At first we were told they had run out of chips…lucky for us they suddenly found some!
Breakfast was included and the choice was vast. A help yourself table filled with cereals, fresh fruit, dried fruit, porridge, yogurt and pastries kept the children going until the biggest fluffiest pancakes I have ever seen arrived. The breakfasts were a hit with the children, I of course went for a full English and it was fab.
I absolutely loved the decor of the hotel and it has a great buzz. I would have really liked to try out the bar, although, the drinks prices are extremely high. The Ham Yard feels a bit bigger and not as intimate as some of the other Firmdale hotels in London but that is quite good if you want to blend in with three children in tow.
This is a very expensive top class hotel with some lovely details about it. I think I would stay there again but I probably wouldn’t rush back with the children. It is in a great location though and the rooms are more than big enough to accommodate families comfortably.